One fascinating aspect about human nature is our yearning to hate. Over the centuries, most of us have gotten over our discontent with women, blacks, Jews, witches, gypsies, Daniel from middle school and whoever else has been oppressed.
As soon as we get over our hate from one group, we move to another. Most recently, we moved our oppression towards blacks and women to homosexuals. History will demonize us for this, but there is one group of people that have always and will always be shunned…
In fact, it’s happening right now in “The Greatest City in the World*,” New York City. Recently, a new high-rise apartment building in Manhattan will feature a separate entrance in the back for the poors.
In order to get the bid, NYC developer Extell applied for the Inclusionary House Program, which allows developers to build giant properties under the condition that poor people will have access to affordable units. Begrudgingly, they accepted this, despite the fact that Manhattan properties are for the uber-wealthy. To make sure they kept it classy, Extell installed a “poor door” located in the back alley of the building. That way, rich folk won’t have to see or even realize that people struggling exist, let alone live in the same building.
We see this behavior all of the time in movies. A super wealthy, snooty dick gets absolutely squeamish over anything that’s not worth at least six figures. This type of behavior is over exaggerated in film, because…well…most things are in entertainment in order to highlight a point. But this isn’t a goddamn movie. It’s real life.
Students read history books and are astounded by how hateful and ignorant we were by having separate water fountains and bathrooms for black people. We are completely embarrassed over that time in American History. Yet, here we are! It’s 2014 and we are allowing rich people to force the poors to enter through the back where no one can see them.
What do they have to say for themselves?
‘No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations,’ said David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers, another developer specializing in luxury residencies. ‘So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood.’
Holy shit. That guy is a douche deluxe! Not only should we stop complaining about this stupid door, but we should actually be thinking them for allowing poor people to live in the city. You know, where they used to live before urban dwelling was the trendy thing to do, which forced them out of their homes by way of driving up rent to the point of unaffordability.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said they will not approve a “poor door” for any other building in the future. What he didn’t comment on is why this one exists despite public outrage when it was announced last August. I’m sure no money was exchanged or anything.
The Greatest City in the World continues to reveal how it is actually a fucking terrible place to live. And this country continues to reveal how terrible it is as well. We preach freedom and equality to the rest of the world, yet deny certain groups of those very things. The socioeconomic is getting wider and wider. Pretty soon, the United States will become more like India with New York City being Dubai…a playground only accessible to the wealthy.
*According to every insufferable asshole who lives there